Laparoscopic repair of 'sportsman's hernia' in soccer players as treatment of chronic inguinal pain

Sergio Susmallian, Tiberiu Ezri, Marina Elis, Robert Warters, Ilan Charuzi, Michael Muggia-Sullam

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Background: To evaluate the clinical course of soccer players affected by chronic groin pain, who were referred for laparoscopic inguinal exploration. Material/Methods: Thirty-five professional soccer players affected by chronic groin pain and referred for laparoscopic inguinal exploration were included in this prospective, non-randomized study. Prior to surgery, patients were assessed by history, clinical examination, pelvic X-ray, bone scanning with Technetium and ultrasound of the inguinal region. The pre-peritoneal space was visualized with a laparoscope under general anesthesia. A bilateral polypropylene mesh was attached pre-peritoneally. Recorded data included demographics, history, symptoms, surgical findings and postoperative recovery. Results: All patients were male. The mean age was 24.3 years. Six patients (17.1%) complained of pain affecting their normal life. A true indirect type I hernia was identified in 4 patients (11.4%). In 28 patients (80%), a wide internal ring and peritoneal dimple were found during the procedure. No clear pathology was found in three patients (8.6%). Thirty-four patients (97.1%) returned to their normal activities after surgery. Conclusions: Laparoscopic inguinal exploration and repair of 'sportsmen's hernias' in soccer players was associated with rapid recovery and fast return to full training and activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)CR52-CR54
JournalMedical Science Monitor
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Groin
  • Hernia
  • Inguinal canal
  • Laparoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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